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Wesam Al Asali

IWlab

http://iw-lab.com

Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Camrbidge, United Kingdom
Wesam is an architect and PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge -Centre for Natural Material Innovation. His research focuses on tile vaulting in building craft. He graduated in 2007 from Damascus University and cofounded IWlab in 2011 as a multidisciplinary research unit that investigates heritage, construction, and education in architecture. Wesam is a guest lecturer in Master in Humanitarian Emergencies at IUAV and a member of (Emergency Architecture and Human Right) and (Urbegony).

Informality for (Re)Construction


A Possible Partnership

Informality for (Re)Construction


A Possible Partnership
How can the making of the built environment be more inclusive to everyday builders?
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  • New areas of operation

When post-war reconstruction plans are to be translated into cities, they use systems of regulations to produce a formal and planned built-environment. However, in cities like Damascus and Aleppo where almost half of the built environment is informal, this approach needs to be rethought. Building crafts in everyday construction could offer alternatives that better consolidate inclusion, optimisation, speed, and efficiency in the making of built environment.
Examining informality by the lens of post-war reconstruction might shed light on new mechanisms that overlap the planned and unplanned. With a central focus on the "production" of the built environment, where housing becomes a verb, informality could be part of a solution.


Informality for (Re)Construction


A Possible Partnership

Informality for (Re)Construction


A Possible Partnership
How can the making of the built environment be more inclusive to everyday builders?
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

When post-war reconstruction plans are to be translated into cities, they use systems of regulations to produce a formal and planned built-environment. However, in cities like Damascus and Aleppo where almost half of the built environment is informal, this approach needs to be rethought. Building crafts in everyday construction could offer alternatives that better consolidate inclusion, optimisation, speed, and efficiency in the making of built environment.
Examining informality by the lens of post-war reconstruction might shed light on new mechanisms that overlap the planned and unplanned. With a central focus on the "production" of the built environment, where housing becomes a verb, informality could be part of a solution.



Idea by

Wesam Al Asali
IWlab
Clare Hall, Herschel Road
Camrbidge
United Kingdom
Wesam is an architect and PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge -Centre for Natural Material Innovation. His research focuses on tile vaulting in building craft. He graduated in 2007 from Damascus University and cofounded IWlab in 2011 as a multidisciplinary research unit that investigates heritage, construction, and education in architecture. Wesam is a guest lecturer in Master in Humanitarian Emergencies at IUAV and a member of (Emergency Architecture and Human Right) and (Urbegony).